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Comment author: mbrubeck 02 January 2012 10:26:33AM 7 points [-]

I'm a long-time occasional reader/lurker, since the Overcoming Bias days. I was introduced to this community years ago by Patri Friedman whom I know socially from college. (As long as I'm name-dropping, I also shared a suite with Steve Rayhawk at the same school...) In the past year I read and loved MoR, and took Stanford's online AI class, both of which prompted me to finally go back and read all of the main sequences and related back-material.

My degree is in math and computer science. I currently work as a programmer for the Mozilla project, and I'm trying to work on projects to use technology to solve important problems for humanity. I'm also a parent of a preschooler, which I find creates many new challenges in rationality (even in possibly trivial situations, like teaching children about Santa Claus). And although I am an atheist, I attend a Quaker meeting. Similar to Buddhism, I find (some varieties of) Quaker practice both compatible with and conducive to rational thought. I might find something useful to say about this in discussions here about meditation, religion, and community.

Comment author: Solvent 02 January 2012 11:42:07AM 0 points [-]

Nice to have you here. Those are some cool names you dropped.

I approve of attending the Quaker meeting: I don't think there's any better way to quickly meet good people than to find religious groups.

Did you take the 2011 Less Wrong survey, out of curiosity?

Comment author: mbrubeck 04 January 2012 01:23:05AM 0 points [-]

No, I didn't take the survey. Until this month I was focused on reading through the archives and didn't even try to keep up with new posts.